The BMW 5 Series is a true driver's car among mid-sized luxury sedans. Increased power and other improvements for 2008 only emphasize this. The 5 mixes comfort, performance, high-tech features and passenger-friendly accommodations in fairly compact package. Any 5 Series is remarkably well balanced, and satisfying to own and drive.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino filed this report from Detroit, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Model Line Overview
BMW 528i ($44,300); 528xi ($46,500); 535i ($49,400); 535xi ($51,600); 535xi Sport Wagon ($54,000); 550i ($58,500); M5 ($82,900)
front-impact airbags with dual threshold deployment, front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin curtain-style head-protection airbags, Intelligent Safety and Information System control with fiber-optic connections and post-impact safety measures, tire pressure monitor, antilock brakes with Dynamic Brake Control auto-proportioning, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control anti-skid electronics, seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters, BMW Assist with automatic collision notification, SOS button, roadside assist and locater and concierge services
Safety equipment (optional):
rear passenger side-impact airbags ($385); Lane Departure Warning system ($500)
4 years/50,000 miles; includes scheduled maintenance
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
BMW 550i ($58,500)
Dakota leather upholstery, automatic climate control with separate left/right temperature and distribution controls and active charcoal micro-filter, 10-way power front seats with power head restraints and driver's seat memory, dark poplar wood trim, AM/FM/CD with 10 speakers and two sub-woofers, cruise control, power tilt-and-telescope leather steering wheel with fingertip cruise, audio and phone controls, power windows with key-off and one-touch operation, keyless entry with multi-function remote, power heated side mirrors with reverse tilt-down on passenger side, xenon adaptive headlights and halogen fog lights with automatic control, 17x7.5-inch cast-alloy wheels, power glass sunroof, Park Distance Control parking aid, integrated three-button universal garage door opener, power outlets in front-passenger foot well, rear center console and trunk, rechargeable flashlight in glovebox
Options as tested (MSRP):
Sport Package includes Active Steering, Active Roll Stabilization, 19x8.5-inch cast alloy wheels with W-rated run-flat tires ($4,600); Cold Weather Package includes heated front seats, steering wheel and high-pressure headlight washing jets ($750); on-board navigation system ($1,900); Logic7 audio ($1,200) with six-CD changer; HD Radio ($500); Sirius satellite radio ($595)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.8-liter dohc 32-valve variable valve timing V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
360 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
360 @ 3400
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
14.0 cu. ft.
independent with dual-pivot lower wishbones, coil springs, stabilizer bar
independent four-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
P245/35WR19 front, 275/30WR19 rear, run-flat
vented disc/vented disc with ABS and electronic brake proportioning
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 06, 2007.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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